BUBO Listing News
21 January 2008
The British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (BOURC) has recently published its 36th report, in the journal Ibis. BUBO Listing has now updated its BOU baselist to reflect the changes in the 36th report. The relevant changes are as follows:
Caspian Gull and American Herring Gull - now both treated as full species (as recommended by the taxonomic subcommitee). These were already on the BUBO BOU list but as provisional species, so are now no longer provisional.
Magnificent Frigatebird - added to category A on the basis of the 2005 Shropshire record. This was already on the BUBO BOU list but as a provisional species, so is now no longer provisional.
Olive-tree Warbler - added to category A on the basis of the 2006 Shetland record. This was already on the BUBO BOU list but as a provisional species, so is now no longer provisional.
Taxonomic sequences of the 'shanks' (Tringa, Actitis, Xenus) and the gulls have been altered.
Allen's Gallinule, (American) Purple Gallinule, Grey-tailed Tattler, Slender-billed Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Gull, Sabine's Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Varied Thrush, Willow Tit - changes to scientific names.
Of interest, six species remain as provisional BOU species on BUBO Listing, but await a decision from the BOURC: Lesser Canada Goose, Pacific Diver, Great Blue Heron, Glaucous-winged Gull, Elegant Tern and Asian Brown Flycatcher. Additionally, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Masked Booby and White-rumped Swift were all reported in 2007, but have not been added to BUBO yet, because they were recorded by no or few birders and no BUBO listers have requested to add these to their British lists yet.
15 December 2007
At first Britain, then the Western Palearctic, and now the World! At last, BUBO Listing makes it possible for you to record, share and compare your World Lists.
We have decided to follow the Clements checklist as the authority for our launch of BUBO World Listing. The 6th edition of this recognised standard world list was published in 2007 and, following the death of Jim Clements in 2005, is now being maintained by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Cornell are publishing regular updates to the list and BUBO Listing will endeavour to keep up with these updates. In time, we may well introduce world base-lists by other authorities to allow users to record their world lists using different taxonomic treatments.
Recording your World List on BUBO Listing is the same as with any other lists. However, we recognise that for the well-travelled birder, the size of the list could mean that it would be impractical to add the list in one go, but too tedious to add the species one at a time. Therefore, to aid the creation of World Lists, we have now developed a 'Batch Edit' mode. This means that you can enter as much of your list as you like to start with, then come back in later and enter another block.
Of course, a sizeable proportion of your world list may already be contained within another list you have already entered (e.g. a British or Western Palearctic list). If so, it is easy to kick-start your World List by copying the species across from such a previously created list . There will be some species that don't copy across, because of differing taxonomies between (for example) the BOU British List and the Clements World List , but the vast majority of species will copy across easily, saving you a large amount of re-typing.
We hope BUBO Listers find this new facility useful and enjoyable. As always, if you have any comments or find any errors (and with nearly 10,000 species, there must be a few!) then let us know and we'll put them right as soon as possible.
And what next for BUBO Listing? Well, we'll next be looking at supporting lists for more individual countries, followed by listing for other species groups such as buttterflies. Keep listing!
11 December 2007
We always welcome suggestions from BUBO Listers as to how we can enhance BUBO Listing and one frequently mentioned comment has been that, whilst it is relatively quick to create a new list, if you do not add all your sightings at the time of list creation, then it is slower to add species later using the 'Add Species to List' option. Based on this feedback we have now implemented a new batch edit mode for existing lists. This will make it easier and faster to add new species (or make updates, or deletions) to an existing list.
From either menu option of 'View/Edit My Lists' and 'Add Species to List', you will now see an extra button 'Batch Edit'. Select a list and then click this button to see a checklist display of your list, split over multiple pages. You can then add species by ticking the 'Seen?' checkbox and entering additional species details as necessary. Untick the box to remove a species and just edit directly the date, location, comments and sensitive flag if you wish to update an existing record. When you have made the necessary changes on the page just click 'Save Records'. If there are any errors in your entry, e.g. date and location missing for a rarity, you will be prompted to correct these before any changes are saved.
You can navigate between pages of the checklist by simply clicking the required page number or using the other navigation links to go to the next page, jump ten pages, or go to the first or last pages accordingly. Remember to save any changes from the current page before you navigate to a different page though, otherwise your changes will be lost.
Thanks to those who commented on this area and please do keep the comments coming (via the Contact form) so that we can continue to improve on BUBO Listing and make it the number one site for bird listing worldwide.
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